Hi all. I been suffering from tendinitis in my left hamstring for about 6 months. About 3 months ago it got bad enough that I had to stop riding and pursue MRIs, Physical Therapy, and the like. Well, it's finally paying off and it seems to have gone into advanced healing mode over the past 2 weeks.
I got on the bike today for my first "real" ride in about 10 weeks. I couldn't believe it but I averaged 19.2mph on my 17 mile loop (flat, no wind, low 80s and beautiful outside) which is the first time I've busted into the 19+ average! And that included at stopping for at least 5 or 6 stoplights and signs (actual stopped time not counted). My leg feels great but tomorrow will tell the story better. It felt GREAT to be back on my bike and I couldn't help but push myself even though I told myself I was going to "take it easy" to test my leg.
I kept active during my down by increasing my weight training (not much leg work though) and doing quite a bit of rollerblading (awesome workout!) and using the elliptical at the gym. My original plan was to do my first couple of centuries over the summer but I was starting to lose hope. My longest ride (just before I stopped) was 45 miles. I'm pretty sure I will have no problems doing my first century soon as long as my leg continues to heal.
I'm 6' and started at 318lbs in Feb of '08. I'm now at 239 and %16 bodyfat. My goal is to get down to sub 10% bf which should give me a "six-pack" at right about 220lbs.